Interview with PERFECTLY MESSY’s Lizzy Charles

 1937879_10204003816632702_1528254065_nTitle: Perfectly Messy

Author: Lizzy Charles

Series: Effortless with You

Published by: Swoon Romance

Date published: May 27, 2014

Genres: contemporary

Book Length: 308 pages

Steam Rating: sweet

Main Characters: Lucy and Justin

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BIsynopsisPopularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.


9ca2c8_5ae18677e7b3cbef837cd0ba180f2cf3.jpg_srz_p_346_410_75_22_0.50_1.20_0When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. She married her high school sweetheart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.



Follow her on Twitter at @LizzyCharles_ and Facebook.




Lizzy agreed to play My Life in Movie Titles. Here we go!


1. If you couldn’t be a writer what would you be? Florence Nightingale, (Biography, 1985). I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and if I didn’t want to be a writer, I would further pursue my career in the nursing field. Currently, I’m a neonatal intensive care nurse but I’m toying with the idea of becoming a family nurse practitioner.


2. What movie title best describes your non-writing life? One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, (Drama, 1975) tumblr_mmh8z66g471s9zno7o1_400 I’m a mother of a four year old, two and half year old, and six month old. I’m also a neonatal intensive care nurse. And a wife. And daughter. And friend. And, well, you get the idea. I’m pretty sure my writing life is the only sane part of my life at the moment.


3. In what ways are you like your main character? In what ways do you wish you were like your main character? The Lizzie McGuire Movie, (Family, 2003). Disclaimer: To understand this answer you must have extensive knowledge of the television show and film. Lizzie-and-Gordo-lizzie-mcguire-and-david-gordo-gordon-26472999-500-250 **SPOILERS AHEAD for The Lizzie McGuire Movie** The Lizzie McGuire Disney series features your everyday girl, trying to make sense of the hormonal and hierarchical tween world. She has a crush on the “cute” guy at school and, of course, her best friend, Gordo, has a crush on her, but she doesn’t know it. The series moves slowly through their relationship, and Lizzie remains a normal, funny, and clutzy girl. Fast forward to The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Are you there? Good. Here, Lizzie is still a normal girl but she gets to go to Europe on a class trip. While there, an Italian popstar discovers her, asking her to help him keep this other famous Italian popstar, Isabella, from getting in trouble. Lizzie, with her heart of gold, helps and has all this gorgeous attention paid to her. Unfortunately she’s betrayed and exposed, but with the help and encouragement of Gordo, she discovers she’s not normal at all. She’s incredible. The world discovers it too. And in the end, she kisses Gordo! FINALLY!!! THAT is the difference between myself and my main character, Lucy, from Effortless With You and Perfectly Messy. I am the Lizzie McGuire from the television series and Lucy is The Lizzie McGuire from the movie. Lucy’s kind of like me on steroids, if that makes sense. We are very similar but Lucy is made for big screen. I’m just a normal lady trying to navigate my world. Where Lucy? She’s got a story that MUST be told!


4. Where is your favorite place to read? To write? The Sleeping Porch, (Comedy, 1929). No explanation necessary there.


5.What is the best piece of advice you have ever received (about writing or anything in life)? In Pursuit of Happyness, (Biographical Drama, 2006). Work hard, never give up, and don’t pass up enjoying the small, tender moments in life. Thank you so much for having me on Breathless Ink! I’m so excited about this new blog! <3




Interested in Lizzy Charles’ novels Effortless With You and Perfectly Messy? They are available on Amazon, Nook, iBooks, and most ebook readers. Prefer a book you can actually hold in your hand and smell? Both novels are available in print via Amazon and available to order through many local bookstores if you ask. :) image (1)


Lizzy Charles lives in the Twin Cities and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. When she isn’t raising her three children or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s seeking refuge with her laptop, sparkling water, and dark chocolate. She married her high school sweetheart, a swoon-worthy musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.



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2 Responses to “Interview with PERFECTLY MESSY’s Lizzy Charles”

  1. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    That was great! I’m loving the song title/movie title interviews. You guys are so creative!

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